1st XI vs Amport
After a wash out last week, Odiham regrouped and went again at home to league toppers Amport.
This week the team welcomed back David Edward Thomas to the frame after a six year absence whilst on his travels back from the U.S. On what was an emotional start to the day as we paid our respects to Tony Woodward.
The skipper won the toss and elected to bat. James Taylor and Liam Schooling opened up the innings for the home team and looked to be going well until JT skied one up for the Amport fielders to hold onto.
Kyran Munt came and went swiftly, nicking off for 4. Liam was caught at mid-off for 28, seeing the home side struggle. Dan Walker and youngster, Jontie Sebborn, held the innings together in the middle stages with a decent partnership of 41 before Dan departed. Enter Scott McGaughrin who had obviously benefited from his double breakfast, early on in the day, smashing the ball to all parts and seeing the total creep towards 200.
Jontie fell for a valuable 23 but Scott bludgeoned his way past 50. Hewas joined by skipper Phil Thomas when Henry Schooling was caught behind without scoring! Unfortunately Scott's innings came to an end on 85 when he top edged on in the late stages.
The collapse then continued as the skipper then Rob Frome both went in quick succession. Dave and Becky Hartnett held up the tail to see OGCC post a below par score of 225.
After we all got stuck into another fabulous tea made by JT's Mum, we set about making work hard for the visiting Amport. Scott and Rob took the new ball and started well, although without much luck, until scott cleaned up their opener for 4. He returned with 1-27 off his 8 whilst Rob proved expensive after his five overs.
Becky led the way first change which saw her pick up a vital wicket when the other opener picked out the skipper on the boundary! Things started to fall by the wayside after that, where the opposition got on top of our bowling and seemingly looked like cruising to victory.
Thomas bagged a wicket towards the end as well as Dan, but the might of the travelling Australian number 4 proved the difference, seeing his dispatch a quick fire 83 to see the opposition home. Even the quick and short spell from Dave wasn't enough to help the home team as we fell to our second defeat of the season.
Onwards and upwards for the team as we take on South Wilts next week at home, with the skipper promising some changes to the team as we try to rectify our problems. A big thanks to Andy Stenning for stepping in and umpiring for us and kindly donating his appearance fee to the Woody charity pot!!
By Phil Thomas